Lavender essential oil was the first oil I ever used and is still one of my favorites that I use at least weekly. It’s one of the most popular essential oils because it’s a versatile oil with a wide range of health benefits. Plus, who doesn’t like the aroma of lavender, right?
The calming effects of lavender have been known and utilized for hundreds of years. Therapeutic-grade lavender oil is great for the mind and body. It’s effective at treating skin conditions in particular and is one of the most important oils in an aromatherapist’s tool kit.
Here Are 11 Reasons Why You Need Lavender Essential Oil in Your Life:
To Help You Sleep Better
By putting a couple of drops of lavender oil on your pillow or diffusing into your bedroom as you fall asleep you will have a better night’s sleep. The calming properties contained in the oil and the pleasant aroma is just heavenly at night.
Check out my post about using essential oils to stop snoring here.
To Stop Nauseous Feelings
Feeling nauseous is horrible. I’m sure anyone who suffers from nausea or motion sickness will be happy to testify to this. Lavender is great at putting a stop to these feelings. Try using a necklace to release the aroma, or placing a drop directly behind your ears or on your temples.
To Soothe Irritation from Eczema
Lavender essential oil is very effective at soothing the itching and irritation you may be suffering from if you have eczema or other skin conditions. It has natural antifungal properties, a lot of people find it much less abrasive than medical creams.
Mix a drop or two of lavender oil with a carrier oil and gently massage into the affected areas. Always test a small area first to make sure you don’t experience any sensitivity.
Check out my post covering the best essential oils for eczema here.
To Stimulate Brain Function and Improve Mood
A study published on NCBI that involved twenty volunteers showed very positive results to back up the facts that lavender has strong calming properties and can improve mood and brain function.
If you’re feeling stressed, depressed, anxious, etc, try relaxing in a calm environment and diffusing some lavender oil.
To Help Reduce Hay Fever and Sinusitis
Hay fever is a nightmare in the summer months, it can completely ruin your experience being outdoors and enjoying the weather. Similarly, sinusitis has similar symptoms but affects sufferers all year round.
Lavender is an alternative to harsh steroid sprays and antihistamines. If these traditional medicines are not working for you or you want a natural alternative, give lavender a try.
Check out my post covering the best essential oils for sinusitis here.
To Make a Lavender Natural Perfume
I know it’s not for everyone, even though I’ve never met someone who didn’t like the scent of lavender! It’s easy to make perfumes from essential oils. You can add a few drops to a bottle with water. Or, rub a little into your wrists or neck.
Being an oil rich in antioxidants and antifungal properties it’s a win-win if you rub a little into your skin. Or add some to dryer sheets to spin a lovely lavender fragrance into your clothes.
If you’re after a pure fragrance oil that smells great check this post here.
To Treat and Sooth the Irritation from Sunburn
Sunburn or any other form of mild burn is really irritating and painful. Lavender has natural healing properties. It helps to soothe and reduce irritation the moment you use it, and of course smells lovely.
If the area of skin is too tender to touch directly, make a mist spray with a couple of drops of lavender and water. Another way to enjoy the soothing benefits in a warm bath with a couple of drops, very relaxing.
To Clear up Dry Skin and Chapped Lips
In the same way lavender oil helps to soothe sunburn and skin conditions like eczema. You can also use it to help clear up dry and flaky skin, as well as chapped lips. Chapped lips can be painful in winter, why not opt for a more natural approach than a chapstick?
To Reduce Dandruff
Not only is lavender beneficial to your skin in a bath, by massaging some into your scalp you can reduce dandruff and experience a refreshing scalp massage.
You can add a drop or two to a carrier oil like coconut oil, or almond oil. Then massage into your scalp and leave for a few minutes before rinsing out. You will notice a nice shine to your hair, a lovely fresh lavender scent, and that embarrassing dandruff cleared up or reduced.
To Soothe and Relax Aching Muscles
Been working out hard, on your feet all day at work, or just need to recharge the muscles – line up a relaxing, warm, lavender bath and you’ll feel a world of better afterward.
All you need to do is add some Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender to a warm bath. Then put on some of your favorite tunes and relax. The oil and salts will do the rest and your muscles will thank you for it.
Check out my post covering the best essential oils for sore muscles here.
To Repel Bugs and Other Unwanted Insects
A lot of annoying insects such as mosquitoes, moths, and flies hate the scent of lavender. If you’re prone to being bitten I suggest rubbing a little lavender into your skin mixed with a carrier oil.
If you’re concerned about being bitten overnight just add a couple of drops to your pillow. The good thing is that the scent is lovely to us while being annoying to insects.
Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil
I mentioned briefly in some of the benefits above how to use essential oils to enjoy their benefits in a safe, and fun way. Here are four of the main methods to use essential oils, have a look and see which works best for you:
As I mentioned when using lavender for dandruff and sunburn, a warm bath with a couple of drops of lavender is a relaxing experience. You receive the benefits from inhaling the oil through the steam, as well as the oil being absorbed into your skin.
This is my favorite way to use essential oils and probably the easiest way too if that’s what you’re looking for. Diffusers spray a fine mist of oil and water into the air and allow you to breathe in the oil and enjoy the benefits.
Check out my review of the super-popular Radha Beauty Essential Oil Diffuser here.
The quickest and most direct way to use essential oils are to inhale them directly. You can do this by carrying the bottle with you and just taking a whiff when you want. You can also try adding a couple of drops to your pillow or using a small lavender pillow (see image above). Add a couple of drops directly onto clothes, or on a cloth that you keep on you.
Topically via Massage
Essentials oils are excellent massage oils when mixed with a carrier oil. Never use them directly on the skin unless directed to do so and always check a small area of your skin first for allergies.
Precautions When Using Lavender Essential Oil
Pregnant women, women currently breastfeeding, anyone recovering from surgeries, living with chronic health conditions, or any other concerns should always seek medical clearance before using essential oils.
Essential oils are natural products and very safe when used within the guidelines. There is almost nothing to worry about. However, if you do feel like you’re having any form of allergic reactions always stop using them immediately and speak with your doctor.
There are numerous health benefits attached to lavender oil. Using oils is a simple and natural way to enjoy these health benefits along with the pleasant aroma. Whether you’re just starting out exploring with essential oils and adding more to your collection. Lavender essential oil is a must have, you’ll end up finding loads more uses and ways to utilize this essential oil I’m sure.
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.